B3 - Brooklyn's Book Bites

my thoughts about what I read

Secret

Secret - Reese Dante, Kindle Alexander, Jae Ashley Reading the blurb, I was worried about cheating and horrible angst, since Dylan has a wife and kids. But Kindle wrote this beautifully. No major angst. No major falling outs. No cheating. Just a beautiful story of two men who meet and fall in love. Once just happens to be married to his best friend. This book was awesome!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland - Heidi Cullinan An ARC of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

“A ten-foot-tall snow penis towered over Paul Jansen’s front steps. Again.”
Any book that begins with that phrase has to be fun. I mean, come on! Snow penises.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s exactly how everyone judges Kyle Parks. By his appearance. He looks like a twink. He has a very youthful face. So everyone treats him like he’s still a kid. And I was just as frustrated about it as he was. He is so loving and fun with his twin sister, who has Downs Syndrome. He is a nurse at a care center for seniors. He has a heart of gold.

At first Kyle is shot down by Paul because Paul’s view of him is the same as everyone else’s. He thinks Kyle is too young for him, or he’s too old for Kyle. And he’s not interested in a swishy bottom boy. But after following some advice from Paul’s friends, Kyle begins to win him over with his charm, his down to earth personality and his control in the bedroom.

We also get to see a lot of the guys from the previous two books. Marcus and Frankie, Gabriel and Arthur. The six guys team up and work together to pull off the biggest winter festival ever. The first annual Winter Wonderland that will put the town of Logan on the map. But Paul’s homophobic family might just ruin it all, not just for Paul and Kyle, but for the whole town.

This book is the perfect feel good holiday story to get you in the Christmas spirit. It’s just like the Hallmark and Lifetime movies that Paul loves so much. If they made this book into a movie, it would incite the same feelings of love, joy, family, warmth and smiley goodness.

There is just a little bit of drama, and it’s wrapped in so much happy that it’s hardly noticeable. Your heart clenches occasionally, but those moments are brief. And it ends with the classical, magical happy ever after.

If you don’t have time for a Hallmark movie or your power is out and you just need that feel good holiday movie fix, just curl up with this book and a cup of hot cocoa this holiday season. It will most definitely do the job.

This review is cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews

Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven - M.J. O'Shea It was a short, sweet story, but these boys were so oblivious, it got a bit ridiculous. How clueless can someone be?! I had to drop a star because it needed some serious editing. Which surprised me for a story by M.J. I wasn't expecting so many errors.

Signs

Signs - Anna  Martin I loved this book! So sweet. No drama, no angst. Two high school guys meet online and fall in love. Caleb is deaf, and Luc immediately sets out to learn ASL so they can communicate. I loved how much these two guys were so mature for their age, but so sweet on each other.

The Roommate Situation

The Roommate Situation - Zoe X. Rider I really enjoyed this book. Shane's mom annoyed me but I loved Derek. He was so laid back but he had a good head of his shoulders. Despite what Shane's mom said, Derek and his family were a good influence on him, I think.

Pretty low angst. I liked the BDSM element. Low-key, just two guys sort of experimenting with bondage. It was the right way to deal with it in that setting.

Bookmarked

Bookmarked - Piper Vaughn This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Mark and Shepherd met a year and a half ago at Mark’s bookstore, Bookmarked, and it was a bad first meeting. They both reacted poorly. When Mark realized the guy he was admiring from afar was his favorite author, he gushed like a fanboy. Shepherd, in a panic, was very rude, and told him to get lost. Then never came back to the store again.

Now Mark is desperate to save his store, so he swallows his pride and asks Shepherd to do a book signing at the store. He thinks getting a big name author to the store will draw enough interest to keep the store open.

At first Shepherd isn’t interested. But he goes about it in such a rude manner, that Mark lashes out. And Shepherd apologizes for his horrible behavior and agrees to the book signing.

This is a turning point in Shepherd’s rude behavior. It turns out that Shepherd’s problem was a bit of social anxiety. He was attracted to Mark and didn’t know how to handle it. His first ever book signing is the stepping stone he needed to come out of his shell.

It’s a huge success for both men. It helps Shepherd to slowly step out into the limelight. And it helps draw more attention to the store for Mark.

I liked these guys, after I got over Shepherd’s attitude. I still didn’t love him, because even with his issues, I felt his bad attitude was a bit over the top but he did redeem himself by overcoming his fears of being in the public eye to help Mark. There were at times it seemed that Mark liked Shepherd only because of his status as Mark’s favorite author, and I kept having to remind myself that he liked him before he knew who he was.

Overall, this was a fun little book. I like the small “gayborhood” community and look forward to reading more books in this series.

My favorite quote: “Brittany, Shepherd’s PR rep/personal assistant, was short, blonde, and wore enough pink to make Elle Woods jealous.”

Note: This review is cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews

Here For You

Here For You - Skylar M. Cates When I started this book, I had no idea the tragedy I would witness. OMG! What a mess that was. Their grief was real and I loved that they all struggled to get past it. That statement sounds morbid, but I'm glad it wasn't brushed off. It was the basis for the story and I think it was well dealt with. They still have issues at the end. So there wasn't a pretty, perfect solution/ending and I think that was the right way to end it.

Smoky Mountain Dreams

Smoky Mountain Dreams - Leta Blake So much heartache wrapped up in this book. No wonder it was so long. I almost cried several times. But I love Jesse and Christopher together. So sweet.

First Contact

First Contact - Alex Gabriel I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This book was hot! But I wanted more. Jon and Rick could read each other without fail and their BDSM scenes were without a doubt scorching. But the undercover part seemed like it was only there to set up the BDSM element.

I felt like I only got part of the story. Is there more to come? I would love to see this undercover assignment come to fruition. Let's see them catch the bad guys, both on the case and off, on Jon's personal vendetta. Let's see them work together as partners and as a couple at Gamorrah.

Carry the Ocean

Carry the Ocean - Heidi Cullinan This was beautiful! It's really opens your eyes to the struggles some people deal with just to get through one day in their lives. I'm just...wow! I loved this book. Jeremey and Emmett are perfect for each other.

Healing Hunter's Heart

Healing Hunter's Heart - Charlie Cochet At the end of book one, we saw Hunter and Ari as an already established couple, when Trip declared he was leaving the Hagan clan and starting his own elsewhere. Ari stayed behind in order to save Hunter, and Hunter had no choice but to leave with the new Deagan clan.

In this book, we are taken back five years to when they became a couple. I was worried that the book would pick up after they had already been separated. So I was glad to be given this glimpse back in time to see them come together as a couple.

Then we are thrown back to the present where a war between the Hagan and Deagan clans is brewing. The Hagan clan has decided to kill off the Deagan clan with the exception of the Alpha pups. But things go wrong when Ari’s mom works her own obsessive agenda of power, causing even more heartbreak.

We got to see dogs. Playing, frolicing, and fighting. One of my favorite parts of any shifter story is seeing the shifters spend time in their animal form. They become different creatures. And I don’t mean in the obvious physical sense. But in their whole being. Their very nature is different and they are more instinctual. And who doesn’t like to see animals playing and having fun? It's just cute. Especially dogs. :)

I love when the big bad tough guy turns into melty puddles by his lover. It's just so cute to see the softy underneath that tough exterior. Hunter definitely fits the bill. He and his brother are known as The Devil Dogs. They are half-breeds. Half wolf, half husky. So they are larger, stronger shifters and feared by many, because of their more feral nature.

If you haven’t read book 1, [b:An Intrepid Trip to Love|17874499|An Intrepid Trip to Love (A Little Bite of Love #1)|Charlie Cochet|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1367347083s/17874499.jpg|25027637], I highly recommend it before reading this one. But it’s a free read. So go grab it and get caught up. Because the events that take place in book 1 set the stage for this book.

This review cross-posted to Gay Book Reviews.

Mind Magic

Mind Magic - Poppy Dennison Fabulous. I'm finding more and more that I just love magic stories. And this one had wolf shifters in it, so all the better.

Falling

Falling - Barbara Elsborg Whew! What a relief at the way it ended. I would have been so livid if it hadn't ended on a happy note. After all that turmoil I had to read through. Gah!

Last to Know

Last to Know - Never_Says_Die This was sweet and fun.

All Man

All Man - Jay Northcote A bit short, but I liked it.

Saving Samuel

Saving Samuel - Nicole Colville I'm on the fence on this book. I enjoyed the story, but at the same time, meh. I would have enjoyed seeing more of how Samuel fixed the problems that Daniel and Milo had on their own. Not all of their issues were resolved by having a third. It's like he was the band-aid that got taped over their issues, but not actually fixing them. They had arguments about a lot of things, and while I could see how Samuel fixed some of them, I would have liked to have more resolution about their issues, rather than so much menage sex. It would have been nice to see Samuel take ownership of his part in their relationship, pushing himself into their arguments and saying "here's how we're going to resolve this."

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